Dairy Free Caramel Apples

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Dairy Free Caramel ApplesLet me preface this whole post.. I am terrible at making candy!! I am simply not a very precise person and candy making calls for that. So when I try it always looks like and episode of I Love Lucy in my kitchen… Good thing I do have enough improvising skills to make up for my lack of precision..

That said this recipe does have promise for someone with less inept candy making skills than I do..lol. They were tasty and they ended up looking great for Halloween!!

Dairy Free Caramel Apples

Yields 8

Dairy Free Caramel Apples
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  • 8 small apples
  • 1 cup cup full fat coconut milk (not lite or creme of coconut)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4-6oz of Dairy free chocolate
  • wooden popsicle sticks


  1. Start with cold apples either from the refrigerator or like me throw them into the freezer for a couple minutes (lol). Put in the stick before you start so you are ready right away when the caramel is ready.
  2. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat heat the coconut cream to just before boiling
  3. Add the coconut sugar, brown rice syrup and salt and stir to dissolve it.Bring to a boil. You must stir continuously.
  4. You must stir continuously.
  5. You must stir continuously…. ;) Don’t stop stiring..
  6. Boil for up to 20 minutes (it took me 10 and that was too long..), until it reaches 246F to F-250 F. Note.. this happens very quickly and if you are like me your caramel will get too hot too fast (and get hard..)
  7. Place your pan (carefully) a ice water bath (don’t get the caramel wet) for a few seconds.
  8. Remove apples from refrigerator or freezer (like me)
  9. Either dip your apples into the caramel or if you are like me and it got too hard put back on the stove for a few seconds to heat it back up a bit and try to drizzle the caramel on to your apples as fast as you can.. ;)
  10. Put the caramel apples onto either wax paper or parchment sprayed with oil.
  11. Chop your chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl
  12. Microwave for 30 seconds or so and remove to stir. If it is not melted enough microwave for a few more seconds until completely melted.
  13. Load the melted chocolate into a zip top baggie and snip off the end to make a small hole.
  14. Squeeze the melted chocolate through and drizzle on to the apples.
  15. Optional.. you could also sprinkle on chopped nuts before the harden completely.. I wanted almonds but I was unfortunately out..


Eat these Dairy Free Caramel Apples as soon as you can.. not that that will be a problem..


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